Some of the wildflowers on this week's walks:
Broadleaf Arrowhead in bloom, bumblebee on purple prairie clover, prickly pear cactus (it grows in the sandy soil at Illinois Beach State Park), bull thistle, compass plant, prairie pinnate coneflower.
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The quilt is Crown of Thorns. I made it in 2019 in response to the fire that destroyed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. They saved a relic purported to be a piece of the Biblical Crown of Thorns. (And that day's daily quilt block in the perpetual calendar in my studio was Crown of Thorns. Perfect.)
In lieu of a walk on Tuesday we met Paula and her husband in the parking lot of Old Orchard Shopping Center. Two years ago Paula downsized her stash and gave a lot of it to me. She still had some more and her sister-in-law contributed. Fabric and books! I was able to give some of it away at Wednesday's guild meeting.
The guild program was about Project Linus, presented by two members who are very involved in it. Their presentation made me reconsider the contents of the box in the upper photo -- Paula had a lot of circus-themed fabric that I was going to give away., Now I'm considering using some of it for Linus quilts. That will compensate for some more new fabric on the left side of the box in the lower photo--Linus giveaways. I'm going through the books, many of which I have, or once had.
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We are having significant work done on our house while we are away (August 12-21). The living room will be replastered and painted, the bedrooms will be repainted, the doors and baseboards will be replaced, and the flooring will be replaced (new carpet in living room and hall, vinyl in the bedrooms). That requires moving EVERYTHING off shelves and walls. Our housecleaner was able to help me.--it took us 8 hours. (It's easier to box up stuff when it is someone else's. If it's yours you think about what you're packing up.)
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